[ASTA HQ] The Queen and her Castle [Primula] Jan 9, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -4
Post by Sonya Chernova on Jan 9, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -4
The concourse outside of the ASTA Corporate Headquarters was a green yard dotted with benches and stone statues. A lush garden of flowers framed a few of the narrow pathways that branched off from the main approach; giving employees a place where they could stop, breathe, and think. The doors ahead were made of reinforced glass. Employees came and went, some in suits, others in lab coats, others still in uniforms indicating they were part of one work crew or another. A few employees sat on one bench; talking to one another about an upcoming project and looked up in time to greet her as she walked by. Or at least they would have if they hadn't found themselves gobsmacked by the presence of a second figure accompanying her.
Sonya Chernova, the public identity for Ishtar, wore an elegant black dress of fine silks and silver bands that framed her body in a flattering way. To her right was the young Primula, fresh out of the hospital and still recovering from her sedatives. Sonya was ten and one year the girl's senior, yet at first glance the two young women seemed so much closer. The older woman had taken on the role of young Primula's adoptive mother-well-in as far as the state was concerned. Their relationship was a far cry from what one would consider healthy. Primula was her first apprentice, the first of many, her student, her child, her toy to mold into a weapon against her enemies.
One of the employees approached as they made their way through the glass barriers, extending a hand to Sonya who took it and greeted him with a kind word and a pleasant smile. She listened to him talk for a moment before nodding and giving her own input before seeing him off with a nod to the elevators. He backed away and Sonya made haste for the sliding doors. They opened with a hiss and clapped shut a few seconds after the two entered, alone. It was only then, the first time since they'd left the hospital, that Sonya finally spoke directly to primula.
"Your first lesson, Primula dear," Ishtar said, staring straight ahead at their reflection in the metal doors. "The first, and last, mistake of any villain that has come before us and will come in the future; is to underestimate their subordinates... no matter how lowly. They must look upon you with awe, worship you, obey you, behold you. But you must earn that. A leader builds up all that is around her; drawing out greatness in whatever they touch," She said as the doors opened on the top floor into a long hallway made of polished metal walls and a glowing white floor. There were no sources of external light to be seen here. Ishtar glanced toward her daughter; "That is what I intend to do with you, bring out your greatness," She said softly before breaking into a wide and warm smile; "But first! Let us get some food into you, mm? You must be starving..."
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